07/16/2004 11:00PM

Heroic Sight takes Rapid Transit

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Banished Lover romps by 5 1/4 lengths in the Glass Slipper, the sole Claiming Crown race for females.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Heroic Sight surged past two dueling rivals in deep stretch to give his Philadelphia Park connections a hard-earned triumph Saturday in the $94,000 at Canterbury Park.

With Todd Glasser riding for trainer John McCaslin, Heroic Sight returned $9.60 as third choice in a field of eight older horses. After sitting a pretty trip from just a length or two off the early pace, Heroic Sight kept edging closer to the pair of Quote Me Later and Satan's Code before pushing past to win by a half-length. Quote Me Later, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite, edged Satan's Code by a neck for second, while Waki American, the 3-1 second choice, faded to sixth.

"You are the man, boss," a smiling Glasser said as he greeted McCaslin in the winner's circle.

Quote Me Later, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, seized the early lead in the 6 1/2-furlong Rapid Transit but was soon joined by Satan's Code. That duo took their head-to-head duel deep into the stretch before finally being passed from the outside by Heroic Sight, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Mary Kernan and Charles Biggs.

Heroic Sight, a Kentucky-bred by Sea Hero, finished in a swift 1:15.56 over a fast track when recording his ninth win from 50 career starts. He was claimed in January at Philly Park for $14,000.

The Rapid Transit was the fourth of six Claiming Crown races, all of which are run under starter-allowance conditions.

In earlier Claiming Crown races:

Glass Slipper: Banished clearly best

Banished Lover gave Philadelphia-based John Zimmerman his first Claiming Crown triumph, seizing command soon after the start and posting an easy 5 1/4-length victory in the $70,500 , the lone filly-mare race of the series. Moving Fever, the 9-5 favorite, was second, followed by Flaming Knight, a 61-1 shot.

Pennsylvania-based Thomas Clifton was aboard Banished Lover, who reeled off four straight wins, all in route races, earlier this year at Mountaineer Park for Zimmerman, who claimed her on his own behalf for a mere $5,000 last August. "I was hoping she'd be able to sprint," said Zimmerman.

Banished Lover, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred by Devil His Due, returned $9.80 as fourth choice after finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.29.

Express: Chisholm finishes strongly

In the $47,000 . Chisholm ($20.20), ridden by Joel Campbell, rallied off a swift pace to post a two-length triumph over another late runner, Setthehook.

Trained by longtime Canterbury regular David Van Winkle, Chisholm finished six furlongs in 1:10.10 after racing well behind the fractions of 21.49 and 44.41 seconds set by Devil's Con. The victory gives Chisholm, a 7-year-old California-bred gelding a 4 for 4 record at the current Canterbury meet.

Chisholm is owned by the family of Tom Metzen, a staunch supporter of Minnesota racing and the president of the local division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. "I'm so excited I can't hardly talk," said Metzen, "and that's unusual."

Devil's Con, the 2-1 favorite in a field of eight, faded to third, while Cherokee Prospect, the 5-2 second choice, was never a factor while finishing seventh.

Iron Horse: 'Superman' battles back

Superman Can showed that he could. Seemingly beaten with a furlong to run, Superman Can battled back under Scott Stevens to capture the traditional leadoff event in the series, the $48,500 .

Trained locally by George Bango, Superman Can led most of the way before being passed by the eventual two-three finishers, Rough Draft and Gram's Folly. But Superman Can re-rallied to prevail by a neck, returning $35.40 after finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.26.